Warm Handmade Crafts is the ticket when the winter woollies are looking desirable and the cold snaps become a little too frequent and "brrr" is the involuntary word of the day.
This is another in a series of little hand warmers for 2012. This is undoubtedly my favourite so far.
I have always loved the look of Romance, Seduction, & Intrigue that seems to be linked (at least, in my mind) with long gloves. I think long gloves used to be called "Opera Gloves"; arising from the tradition where going to operas were a major form of social and cultured entertainment and the ladies always dressed up and worn long, elegant gloves.
"Long Romance" fingerless hand and wrist warmer
Anyone into handmade crafts will truly enjoy the uniqueness of this piece. This set of gloves has a Feminine Romance & Charm - ideal for work and play, and even Seduction!!!!.
I love fingerless gloves and mitts. In the cold, my fingers get really chilly and worse, they get stiff. That makes it virtually impossible or at best, very hard to bead tiny beads, to knit, crochet, sew, and even type smoothly on the keyboard. If you have never used a fingerless gloves but feel the chill in your hands, then this is a must for you. You will be amazed at how much warmer your hands become and as a consequence, your fingers can also function with nimble mobility again.
There is one more great reason why fingerless gloves of these designs are so practical and desirable. Not only will you have wamth and looks for your hands and fingers, but you can even wear your rings and still show them off!
I am just putting down some notes on the making of this pair of open crochet work fingerless gloves. It will make more sense if you already know some basic crocheting.
For this pair of gloves, I wanted Warmth coupled with Feminity. I used scallop crocheting to achieve the lacy, feminine look. The edges are enhanced scallops. The "frills" on the (arm) end and the crochet flower topped with thick Mother of Pearl beads all work together to create this Long Romance gloves.
The main stitch pattern for the body is one row of "scallops" from 5 Triple Crochet stitches into one stitch.
The next row is also made of "scallops" but this time it is ([1chain + 1 Triple Crochet] x3) + 1 Chain - into one stitch.
These two rows are repeated throughout the piece.
The flowers are made separates. They are made from 5 "petals" - each made of 5 chains. Top it with Mother of Pearl buttons and sewn onto the flower.
Note: To accurately place the flower, it is recommended to wear the gloves and then place the flower to get a correct visual placement. Once satisfied, the flower can be sewn onto the gloves.
The frilly edging (on the arm end) is created by making a nother scallop egde (so that you end up with scallop curving edges). Then make 3 chains into each stitch to create the "frills".
As with most handmade crafts, a bit of loving care will ensure the longevity and optimal upkeep of the piece.